Sibley County 4-H Newsletter

February 2022

Extension 4-H

Fruit Sales Are Here!

Once again Sibley County 4-H will be selling fruit! The goal is to have every 4-H Family sell $150.00 worth of fruit. A better goal would be to have EVERY 4-H’er sell $150.00 worth of fruit. The money is used to pay the program fee for State Fair, State Dog Show, State Shoot, State Horse Show, after school programs, reduce the programming costs of 4-H, and provide scholarships for youth who attend county, regional, and state events. ALL club members are required to sell fruit because EVERY 4-H member in Sibley County is a recipient of the money raised. If a family/member chooses to not sell fruit, the Federation will not pay for their Program Fee for the above-listed activities.

You should have received your club fruit sales information packet in the mail. Forms and information were mailed the week of January 17 to Sibley County 4-H families. If you have not received it, please contact our office at 507-237-4100 or email Connie at or email Joleen at Once again this year fruit sales are offered online. All orders will need to be entered online. Look for more information in your fruit sales packet.

All fruit sales MUST be turned in by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 to your club’s Fruit Sales Coordinator. If you are not sure who that is, please check with your Key Leader. The fruit will be delivered on Monday, March 21 starting approximately at 8:30 a.m. We will be looking for volunteers to help unload the fruit (two to four from each club). Please let your Key Leader know if you can help out that day. Fruit will be delivered to the Sibley County Highway Department/Sherriff’s Shed on Highway 19 in Gaylord.

Please make sure you get out there and SELL, SELL, SELL! This is our only fundraiser for the year and we need it to be successful! Selling fruit is one of the easiest things to sell. Just get out there and ask people to support 4-H! Good luck!

Share the Fun & Performing Arts

Share the Fun and Performing Arts is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2022, at Sibley East High School in Arlington.

Divisions: Club Acts and Individual Acts (Jr. Division = 6th grade and under; Sr. Division = 7th grade and up).

Rules: Only one club act per club is allowed. Club acts should set a goal of being 6 minutes long, which is a State Rule. At the county level, any club that goes over 7 minutes will not be allowed to receive 1st or 2nd place or advance to the MN State Fair. Club acts over 7 minutes will be allowed to place 3rd and will still be eligible for Best Costume/Most Creative Set, Most Humorous Skit or Talent Award and Club with Largest Percentage of Participants.

If you are performing an individual act and would like to use it as a 4-H project, sign up for the Performing Arts Project on your enrollment form. When calling in, please specify if your individual act is part of the Performing Arts project. There will be a judge to judge these separately. What is the Performing Arts project? Look at the paragraph below for further clarification.


Exhibit Requirements: Exhibit can be either a performance or an exhibit that shows a member’s involvement or interest in the performing arts. To be eligible for State Fair, the member must be able to discuss the process of selecting, planning, performing and reflection on their project work. If the exhibit is an actual performance, the performance cannot last longer than 10 minutes.

Exhibit Suggestions: Poster or display about your involvement or interest in the performing arts. A puppet and script made and created by member. Create and perform a short story, show, music selection, etc., and include a write-up about it. A journal or scrapbook (with written statements) of current performing arts experiences. An educational display of some aspect of music, drama, or performing.

Please call the Extension Office if you need further information.

Job Interview Contest Results

Fourteen 4-H’ers were interviewing for jobs this past week when they went through a mock job interview. On Monday, January 24 at the Sibley County Service Center job applicants filled out an application or resume’ and were interviewed by age category for a job they were interested in. Jobs they could pick were from the 4-H Advertising Agency. Jobs included Photographer/Videographer, Art Director, Website Design, Performing Artists/Talent, Prop Maker/Mechanic, Advertising Copywriter. Judges for the evening were Carrie Pioske and Christian Lilienthal.

All contestants did a great job. Results are as follows: Senior Division 1st - Lilly Dose, AC; 2nd – Brennir Peterson, BWS and 3rd – Mitchell Olson, BWS.

Intermediate participants were: 1st – Gordon Matzke, TT; 2nd – Dawson Wibstad, AC; and 3rd – Ella Doehling, AC. Also participating were Lane Olson, BWS; Natalie Matzke, TT and Nora Doehling, AC.

Beginner participants were: 1st – Josie Wibstad, AC; 2nd – Marion Matzke, TT and tied for 3rd – Eli Doehling, AC and Mason Olson, BWS.

Cloverbuds participating were Sue Ellen Matzke, TT.

Congratulations to all participants!

Important Dates

February 6, 2022 - Beef Weigh-In, Noon - 2:00 p.m. at Joy Cohrs Farm

February 8, 2022 - Auction Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center

February 8, 2022 - Animal PDC Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

February 15, 2022 - Market Beef and Dairy Steer ID's Due

February 21, 2022 - President's Day (Sibley County Extension Office Closed)

March 11, 2022 - Share the Fun & Performing Arts, 7:00 p.m. at Sibley East High School Auditorium in Arlington

March 21, 2022 - Fruit Sales Delivery, 8:30 a.m. at Sibley County Highway/Sherriff's Shed

March 28, 2022 - Project Meetings, 6:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

March 28, 2022 - Leaders Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

March 28, 2022 - Federation Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Sibley County Service Center

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